Hazmat team called out to Downtown Dumpsters

April 8, 2008 by  
Filed under Breaking News

Ypsilanti firefighters were called out for a suspicious drum dumped in a downtown parking lot. (Steve Pierce/YpsiNews.com)

(April 8, 2008) A suspicious drum was found Tuesday morning in the Ypsilanti Downtown Development Authority (DDA) dumpster enclosure in the North Huron Street lot. The red 20 gallon metal drum with a lid was dropped off sometime time after 4pm Monday afternoon.

Responding to the call were firefighters from the City of Ypsilanti, Augusta Township, and Pittsfield Township as well as a Huron Valley Ambulance crew, Ypsilanti Police, and Ypsilanti Department of Public Works. Firefighters were waiting for testing and monitoring equipment so they could determine the contents.

At 9:30am the parking lot and street remain open and no business have been evacuated.

The dumpsters have been a problems for the DDA since they were built over three years ago at a cost of over $300,000. Because there was no monitoring and no coordinated pickup, the dumpsters have been the subject of frequent trash dumping from residents and business outside the area.

DDA officials just this week have begun picking up the trash in all three dumpsters enclosures under a new contract with Waste Management. It is hoped this new program will help to clean-up the dumpster enclosures in the City parking lots and encourage more downtown residents and business to use the dumpster enclosures.

The DDA hopes with regular trash pick-ups and monitoring by downtown business and residents, problems like the dumping of oil drums and other illegal waste will decline. If you are a witness to illegal dumping you are encouraged to call the Ypsilanti Police non-emergency number at (734) 483-9510. You do not have give your name or address when you call.

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